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How to block offensive / profane Spanish content

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Hi
We use Web Marshal and Mail Marshal to control our internet and email gateways respectively.

We now need to block Spanish offensive language from making its way to our users' inboxes, or blocking websites that contain offensive Spanish words. The problem is twofold:
a) Marshal provide no support in terms of custom text censor scripts that we can import
b) We cannot find any comprehensive csv list of offensive Spanish words that we can import into our Marshal suite, with the confidence that it will not produce false positives

Does someone know of a comprehensive csv list that we can utilize for instance?

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If Spanish spam is like spam in English a list of offensive words will never work.  Let's say that the word "boob" is offensive.  So you block it. But then there is B**b, b0ob, and on and on. If your current filtering system depends on word lists to do it's job, you have the wrong system. I'm not familiar with the systems you are using so can't comment on them completely.  Over the years we have used such systems as SurfControl for web filtering and now use an appliance from St. Bernard. We also utilize the Postini email filtering system, but I honestly don't know if they deal with Spanish or not.
many spam applicances offer block filters specifically for languages such as spanish, chineese, russian and several other. it worked for me.
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Commented:
and even if you block all those character substitutions, they'll just send a picture containing the text of the message, embedded in an html email.
Or an email containing a link to a website where the real message is to be found, masquerading in the email as something benign.

I've found that the most effective way to block spam is to figure out what TLDs most comes from and block those entirely.
This means blocking all of sub-Saharan Africa, most of South America (Chile seems clean, as does Peru), and parts of Asia (Indonesia, Burma, Vietnam, China, and a few others).
Blocking eastern Europe also helps.
You can always add whitelists to exclude specific addresses and domain names from the general block as needed.

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unfortunately we cannot block TLDs as we are a global company and receive emails etc from all over the globe

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thankyou
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